He would follow a short walk through alleys to reach the bus stop on the main road of the village, but suddenly he disappeared from the face of the earth.
In the thriller no one has given the proper attention from the beginning. The opposite. They were confused with scenarios and valuable time was lost.
The survey highlighted the testimonies of two people who saw Panagiotis about half an hour later when he left his house around noon.
His uncle and owner of a grill house who had a visual contact with the main road and the bus stop, spoke to Tunnel camera. Nikos Arvanitis argued that he saw Panagiotis and greeted him. According to his words, the young missing person was not in the bus stop that was heading to Perissa, but in the opposite direction to Fira. His testimony conceals another important detail. Panayiotis wore white short pants with patterns and a gray t-shirt and not his work clothes.
But the important testimony was given by a woman with intense obscurity that brought the overturn. She saw Panagiotis getting on a black double-seated motorbike that stopped by and left with the driver towards Fira. The witness recognized a similar motorbike in the friendly environment of the young missing person. The only thing he noticed from the driver was his black-haired hair and that he was burly.
The disappearance of Panagiotis mobilized relatives, friends and volunteers who began to search the island thoroughly. His aunt Argyro Georgiou described to Tunnel’s camera the first investigations she made. The next morning of extinction she went to the Caldera, a favorite place of Panagiotis who used to go, listen to music and gaze at the view. She searched but did not find anything.
At noon police went at the spot. A few meters below the point where one can sit down to enjoy the scenery, on the cliff of the Caldera, they found Panagiotis leather cigarette bag and next to it a crumpled pack of cigarettes of a well-known brand. Immediately the rescuers of Thera were notified. Vangelis Karamolegos, a rescuer, went down to the point with ropes to investigate, but he found no other trace of the missing person. Panayiotis aunt also found another similar pack of cigarettes in the Philharmonic and sent them both to a DNA analysis lab. The genetician and collaborator of the show Dr. George Fitsialos, who examined the samples, found a male DNA different from that of the missing person in the Caldera package.
The caldera setting
Investigations were conducted by helicopter air and by divers from the sea. The diver Valantis Karamolegos investigated a long distance of the coast below Caldera, but also at a depth of 20 meters. Ashe said to Tunnel on that day, there were mild winds, there was very good visibility and according to his opinion, if Panagiotis had drowned, the currents would lead him to the coast.
For a set-up scene to the point where it would disorient the research rather than fall or drowning, spoke the President of the Rescuers of Thira Chrysostomos Denaxas . Someone left the leather bag and the cigarette papers to lead the authorities in another direction.
Together with his missing mother, the broadcast reporter was found in his room. Everything was in their place. His personal space echoed the image of a young man with love for life and music. An athlete himself, he played in the local basketball team and was the leader of the Municipality Philharmonic. His friends from the Philharmonic, spoke to “Tunnel”. Only good words had to say about him. They described him as a social person, modest, happy.
They involved his father in the disappearance
The police searched in the familiar environment of Panagiotis Vazakopoulos and believed he was with his father in another region of Greece.
On Friday 24 October 2014, he clarified the cloudy scenarios after Tunnel spotted him on another island and talked with him. Manolis Vazakopoulos clarified that he has not seen his son for many years, ruling out the possibility that the 21-year-old had gone to Paros where he lives to find him. Initially, it had turned the Authority’s investigation into the movement of a specific bank account through which he was sending money to his son, which was not the case.
For her part, the mother of the missing Maria Damaskinos, ruled out the possibility that her son had traveled abroad, as his “friend” and murderer had said, as his id card and driving license had been found at the house, and he had no passport.
“I threw him into the dump”
The actor to the police officers who interviewed him said they were having coffee with Takis on Thursday, August 7th, quarreled and hit him deadly, as he understood afterwards. Then he set up the scenery with the leather bag and the cigarette paper on the Caldera to make sure that everybody would think that Takis had self-destructive tendencies and fell to the cliff. He initially claimed to had threw the corpse in the dump of the island. But seeing the huge mountain of garbage that had been gathered there, everything changed. To confuse the Authorities, he pointed to different points, in a desolate field and in a seaside area. Along the way, he changed the scene and spoke of collaborators who had eliminated the body of Takis. The alleged perpetrator finally got back what he initially claimed and asked to be examined by a psychologist.
“He was acting like he was cared while he knew the truth “
Awakened by shocking developments, Takis’ aunt Argyro Georgiou, arose to Tunnel camera. She spoke of her unfortunate nephew friend, who appeared to the family willing to help relatives and authorities to clear up the case. She described the feelings of deception she felt and crying with sobbing. She said she still can not believe the harm she found her family. On the days when Takis’ friend was being questioned by the police officers and the skein of the puzzle had begun to unfold, she listened to her sleep the poor boy crying for help.
His brother Alexandros spoke to the camera about the unfair behavour he and his mother accepted. They were looking to find out what happened to their Takis and some were blaming them. One said that they themselves were hurt him, the other that they knew where he was and that they hid the tuth!!!
“We want him to rest in peace”
Thanos a childhood friend of Takis could not recover from the shock of the news of his assassination. Described in the camera how they started together to play in the Philharmonic in 2004. He talked about their participation in the basketball team of the island and other activities. The aunt of the unfortunate young man struggled to describe in words the situation of his mother who had literally sunk into lamentation and despair, waiting for her child to appear alive. Takis’s uncle sent the most dramatic appeal : “The must tell where his body is. His soul needs to rest in peace.”